Machine Shop Fire at Indianapolis.
The lives of 250 men annd 65 girls were threatened when fire swept through the factory of the American High Speed Chain Company, Indianapolis, Ind., on the morning of September 15, causing a loss estimated at $40,000. The blaze started in the case-hardening department on the third floor and spread rapidly. All the girls employed on this floor escaped uninjured, climbing down a fire escape. Thomas Gray, head draughtsman of the company, risked his life to save his drawings on the same floor. He was hanging from a window sill on the third floor when rescued by firemen. In the case-hardening room, when the fire started, according to President John C. Howe, of the company, red hot chains are tempered by being dipped in oil. Trapdoors are dropped over the heated oil when it threatens to burst in flames, but this time the oil caught fire. The firemen were highly commended for the manner in which they handled the blaze.